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A look at the people who are driving the personal computer industry.
Guests: Gary Kildall, Digital Research; Steve Wozniak, Apple; Adam Osborne, Osborne Computer; Lori Harp, Vector Graphic; Gene Amdahl, Trilogy Systems
This movie is part of the collection: Computer Chronicles
Keywords: Episode year: 1984
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Alex Santos -
Subject: Playback has no sound?
This is not a review but more of a little help for those having trouble with sound. On a mac running osx, I use VLC, a little app that plays almost all video files. Give it a try, it may help get the sound back.
Subject: Thanks for re-encoding this!
Wow this is a really interesting episode! It's really facisinating to hear all these pioneering times computer folks make predictions about the future. They were correct about software being the real wave and opportunity of the future as opposed to hardware, but they missed the mark by dismissing the "PC clone". It's obvious that a lot of people in the industry back then had a real genuine fear of IBM as becoming an all dominating force in the hardware market. (Makes me think about the 1984 Macintosh commercial..) In reality it tuned out that the software people dominate (Microsoft) and there are more "PC clones" available than you can imagine!
I was happy to hear Steve Wozniak speaking. After hearing him talk it's fairly obvious why he did well for himself. It just goes to show what a different world it would have been if Apple licensed "clones" of their own. Maybe today we would be building computers with RISC based PowerPC processors and the dominating software might have been some kind of *nix varient! It's interesting to think about.
Subject: MPEG2 has sound
The MPEG2 file has sound, but who really wants to download the 1.1GB file just to have audio?
Well, I suppose I really want to see this episode with audio, so I'm continuing to download the massive 1.1GB of data. (MPEG4) and (MPEG4 edit) have no audio.
Raven Lee -
Subject: Sound is missing
Audio is missing from the mp4 download.
Video plays fine. This should be corrected as soon as possible.
Subject: Future Predictions from the Past
NOTE: The MP4 Editable download does have proper audio!
This episode presents a look at some of the "recent" history of microcomputers and predictions from then-industry-leading entrepreneurs about corporations vs. garage shops in the future of computing. The general idea expressed was that IBM was now the end-all to computer hardware, and any new technology here was going to be a "battle of the titans". However, the software market, where most packages go for less than $50, would continue to be a place for individuals to break in on their own. How little they suspected that Microsoft would find a way to bring this to an end as well.
Arvid Rudling -
Subject: This has no sound
The mp4 transfer here (and possibly other formats as well) has no sound. I hope there is some way to correct this!
Subject: why no sound?
Perhaps better with SOUND.